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Poster: Shooting Dark Star Date: Feb 10, 2010 7:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wilco (nondead)

Not sure I understand the Wilco fascination. I listened to 3 songs from a show in Europe this morning, and well... just wasn't impressed. What is it about them that I am missing?

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Feb 10, 2010 8:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wilco (nondead)

hmmm where to begin? I guess I'd have to ask you where your other tastes lie. Excellent songwriting? Brilliant arranging? Pretty much the only band I've ever known that can pull off dense studio arrangements live without making them sound the same every time ( Pink Floyd ). the Beatles couldn't do it. If you mostly just like improv or heavy on the chops low on the sparseness then maybe they're not your thing.

I had heard alot of raves about their first album AM but didn't get into them until their next " being there" from then on I was hooked. If you like more acoustical stuff try that one, kind of reminescent of late 60's early 70's county tinged Rolling Stones. If you like and or/appreciate production, as in a Beatles or Beach Boys sort of way try Summer Teeth. Personally I find Yankee Hotel Foxtrot to be their masterpeice.

OR maybe you just don't like them.

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Poster: Shooting Dark Star Date: Feb 10, 2010 10:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wilco (nondead)

No no no, I just wanted some insight on them as musicians. And you guys delivered the answers I was looking for. I'll certainly give them more listens. My original query was just that, a way to get a grip on their musical style. And that "I listened to 3 cowboy" GD songs.... was funny

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Poster: Shooting Dark Star Date: Feb 10, 2010 10:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wilco (nondead)

No no no, I just wanted some insight on them as musicians. And you guys delivered the answers I was looking for. I'll certainly give them more listens. My original query was just that, a way to get a grip on their musical style. And that "I listened to 3 cowboy" GD songs.... was funny

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Feb 10, 2010 11:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wilco (nondead)

Well, I am an asshole - glad you were amused. Enjoy Wilco.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Feb 10, 2010 11:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wilco (nondead)

it's true! I've met him

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Feb 10, 2010 11:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wilco (nondead)

" I just wanted some insight on them as musicians"

check out the DVD - I am trying to break your heart - great insight on them making a great record. Of course this was before Nels Cline who is certainly the most musically gifted of them all probably at least in terms of virtuosity. But that one should give you some great insight on how they develop tehir stuff

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Poster: headgdhead Date: Feb 10, 2010 9:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wilco (nondead)

Drawing a conclusion from listening to 3 songs is hardly a fair judgement of one of the most signicant singer, song writer ensmbles of our time. imho

Go back and listen to some Uncle Tupelo material and follow their progression and I'm sure you'll reach a similar conclusion. Be warned they are not a jam band but they do some real tight solo work. Spider(Kidsmoke)is probably the closest they come to a GD jam.

If you don't have the time or patience to go back to UT then try seeking out these songs for a listen. Trust me you won't regret it.

Muzzle of Bees
Wishful Thinking
Hummingbird
Theologians
Ashes of American Flags
Impossible Germany
Forget The Flowers
Pieholden Suite
How To Fight Lonliness
Jesus Etc
Cars Can't Escape
Via Chicago
Magazine Called Sunset
Nothing'severgonnastandinmyway(again)
Dreamer In My Dreams
I Am Trying To Break You're Heart
Pot Kettle Black
Poor Places
Hotel Arizona
California Stars
Remember The Mountain Bed